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Iff & Butt

by Billy Thompson & Andy Maule

Almost telepathic Violin and Guitar duo performances of popular standards including an original tune by Guitarist Andy Maule and one from Violinist Billy Thompson. This was Billy's recording debut. Joined on five tracks by bassist Dafydd Lewis.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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1. All the Things You Are
Billy Thompson & Andy Maule
6:20 $0.99
2. Embraceable You
Billy Thompson & Andy Maule
7:28 $0.99
3. Bug in a Rug
Billy Thompson & Andy Maule
5:18 $0.99
4. Inner Daze
Billy Thompson & Andy Maule
6:49 $0.99
5. Stella by Starlight
Billy Thompson & Andy Maule
7:34 $0.99
6. How Insensitive
Billy Thompson & Andy Maule
9:38 $0.99
7. Mohawk
Billy Thompson & Andy Maule
4:29 $0.99
8. Roath Lake
Billy Thompson & Andy Maule
4:35 $0.99
9. I Can't Give You Anything but Love
Billy Thompson & Andy Maule
2:40 $0.99
10. Mood Indigo
Billy Thompson & Andy Maule
5:46 $0.99
11. My Favourite Things
Billy Thompson & Andy Maule
9:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
After a long time performing together as a duo at 'The Four Bars at Sandy's' in Cardiff, Violinist Billy Thompson and Guitarist Andy Maule (Gibson 175) made a recording of their sound at Penrhys Studios in 1997.

The album - Billy Thompson's recording debut - features popular jazz standards by the duo. Dafydd Lewis on double bass completes the line-up on 5 tracks.

The format of each tune is generally a statement of the tune followed by an improvisation by Billy followed by a solo improvisation by Andy finishing with a re-statement of the tune.

The album got its name from Billy's time in Cardiff (hence the Iff). 'Butt' or 'Byt' is a common name to call someone in Wales...

As a duo and trio, Billy, Andy & Dafydd used to perform at Brecon Jazz festival and numerous other festivals. They also appeared on various radio and TV programs and were asked to perform at various high profile events including performing for Prince Charles when he visited Gregynog.

Andy's fight against Chronic Pancreatitis meant that the duo had to stop performing around 2002 and were unable to record a second album making this the only recording available. Andy died in 2007 at just 43 years of age.

To quote a review of the album:

'There seems to be real personal presence in these performances - two personal presences - three in actual fact, with bassist Dafydd Lewis guesting with taste, aplomb and gusto on five tracks.
Billy is inclined to much leaping, bounding and cavorting, rather like a monkey on heat, or Paganini at a fancy dress tea dance wearing some Jimmie Hendrix.
Andy by contrast seems to combine a sense of the lively with the distinctively laid back. The labyrinthine twists and turns of his solos never appears to lose focus of harmony or melody.'



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